Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

To learn more about us click on the About Compostwoman tab and remember to click on the photos to make them full size!

Wednesday 13 August 2008

Wednesday news!

Great eggcitement here at Compost Mansions!

Sweetiepie the Maran Hen..( formerly known as Wednesday)is BROODY!

I had my suspicions a few days ago, when I kept finding her in one particular nest box, having moved everybody elses eggs under her , but she was not sitting on them for long and seemed OK...BUT yesterday she went slightly dotty, wouldn't come out at all and really didn't want the eggs collected out from under her.

SO..fortunately Compostman has been making things recently...and one of the things he has made is
(ta dah!) a Broody Ark! ( CLEVER COMPOSTMAN !!!)

So yesterday evening we moved her into it ( in the rain!)

and here she is , today...

Henny and Ginger don't seem to quite know what to make of all this!

I have sourced some fertile eggs from a nearby friend, whose daughter breeds all sorts of lovely birds, so IF she is still broody in the next day or so I will be getting some eggs for her to hatch out.

Oooh much excitement!


  1. The boys want chicks next year so I'll be watching your blog over the next few weeks with even greater interest. And clever old Sweetiepie!!

  2. Ha! she is psychotic at the moment!

    I turfed her out of the broody house to get some food, water and to do a poo...and she jumped on my head, attacked all the other hens and did a LOT of "bok bok bokking...."

    Broody hens...huh...

    We are getting the fertile eggs tomorrow...oooo what fun though...

    ( ahhhhh little chicks...hopefully!)

    I will post LOTS of pics, I promise!!

  3. I await all news with great anticipation. Hope she calms down soon as well.

    Rosie x


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